RESIDENTS across the Wee County are being warned to remain vigilant after heartless scammers have targeted those waiting for the coronavirus vaccination.

Texts and emails have been circulated claiming to be from the NHS or the Scottish Government which has led to a warning for the public to be on their guard.

The messages seek personal information to process vaccine test applications and encourage recipients to click on links to provide their details.

CI Anton Stephenson, of Police Scotland's Safer Communities Division, said they were aware of a scam circulating suggesting people are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.

"If you are concerned you have provided personal or financial information via a link in a message of this sort, contact Police Scotland via 101," he said.

"We will pursue anyone who sets out to cause harm and misery to our communities, and our officers work closely with partners to make Scotland a hostile environment for scammers.

"Our Take Five campaign, which launched recently, raises awareness of fraud, and highlights ways people can protect themselves and remain vigilant to this kind of crime.

"Always be aware that an unsolicited telephone call, email or text message may not be from the person or organisation which it appears to be from. Never click on a link in a message you're not expecting, and remember the NHS will never ask you for money relating to the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Take Five to Prevent Fraud campaign features a range of tips for members of the public about how to protect themselves from fraudsters, and avoid falling victim to scam attempts. Information is available at

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Alexander Stewart said he had been been contacted by worried constituents after they have received messages claiming to be from either the health board or the government.

He said the messages look "immensely plausible" but contain spelling or punctuation mistakes.

"These scams are utterly horrific and they display just how low these individuals are stooping to, as they prey on peoples' anxieties during a health crisis such as the one we're all living through currently.

"We must make sure that all our family, friends and neighbours, especially the vulnerable or those not used to dealing with electronic communications, are absolutely made aware of what to look out for and are advised never to send any information requested or click on a link."